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Should Atheists Pray?

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Secular communities must offer humanity a real alternative to tired dogmas and text worship—possibly including some forms of prayer. My relationship with prayer has evolved over the years. When I attended Child Evangelism camp as a child, first as a … Continue reading

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Why It’s Time to Call Bullshit on Prayer Requests

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Asking God for help is not as harmless as it seems. Around the world and across America, people ask God for favors large and small, and praying gives them comfort. People pray over dying pets, dying parents, wars, forest fires, … Continue reading

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America’s Information-Age Coup

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 It appears that Vladimir Putin and like-minded Americans captured the electoral college by manipulating the flow of information and disinformation. Was the U.S. election an information-age coup? In the most familiar kind of traditional coup, members of a minority faction in the military … Continue reading

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If “Nothing Fails Like Prayer,” Why Do People Keep at It?

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“If prayer actually worked, everyone would be a millionaire, nobody would ever get sick and die, and both football teams would always win.” –Ethan Winer The phrase “nothing fails like prayer” was coined in 1976 by secular activist, Ann Nicol … Continue reading

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Southern Poverty Law Center Puts Muslim Reformer and Ex-Muslim Atheist in “Field Guide”

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In a misguided attempt to protect Muslims from bigotry and harm, the venerable Southern Poverty Law Center has gone off the rails—so say former Muslims and moderate Muslims working for reform within their own communities.  The SPLC has a long … Continue reading

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Hey Young Women – Think Twice about Changing Your Name

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Imagine a female presidential candidate whose name reminds people of her independent existence rather than her marital status. Much of America appears to think that Bill Clinton is up for a third term—that Hillary in the Oval Office is really a … Continue reading

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Addicted to Christianity?  Former Christians Say Yes and No 

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Your results may vary. A generation ago, most people—even those who were not religious—thought of religion as mostly beneficial or at least harmless. But these days opinions are more mixed—with good reason. On the political stage, conservative Christians quote chapter … Continue reading

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